ABS Mission

The Arts Based School is committed to active and creative scholarly exploration that engages students, their family/community and all school personnel in the learning experience. A strong core curriculum that builds on students’ life experiences and multiple ways of knowing/learning will be realized through individualized and intimate integrated interdisciplinary, arts-based instruction. Click to download an enrollment application.

When the North Carolina General Assembly ratified Bill 955 to approve charter schools in our state, the purpose was to provide teachers, pupils, parents, and community members opportunities to become involved in improving education. The purposes for charter schools include: to improve learning for all students, to encourage different and innovative teaching methods, to expand choices for students and parents, and to create professional opportunities for teachers. Our school takes this charge from the state very seriously. Therefore, our teaching methods include but go beyond traditional approaches. ABS teachers implement arts-based instruction, use alternative assessment techniques, and provide students choices. We ask that parents support us in making our school of choice different and innovative.

Prospective Parents
School tours are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at 9:30am. Each tour is limited to 6 adults in an effort to limit the disruption to our students and teachers in the classrooms. Parents interested in learning more about ABS and how to enroll their child, should contact the front office to sign up for a tour-748-4116 ext 1023. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1st. The lottery will be held the second Tuesday of February.

Report Card
We invite you to review the state report card data for that comparison.

Non-Discrimination Policy
In compliance with federal laws; the Arts Based School administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.


The Arts Based School is a member of the A+ Schools network.